Published date: 23 November 2020

Last edited date: 26 November 2020

Closed opportunity - This means that the contract is currently closed. The buying department may be considering suppliers that have already applied, or no suitable offers were made.

Closing: 21 December 2020, 12pm

Contract summary


  • Health and social work services - 85000000

Location of contract

East of England

Value of contract


Procurement reference

WSCCG - 00000045

Published date

23 November 2020

Closing date

21 December 2020

Closing time


Contract start date

1 April 2021

Contract end date

31 March 2023

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Competitive procedure with negotiation (above threshold)

Anyone may ask to participate, but only those who are pre-selected will be invited to submit initial tenders and to negotiate.

This procedure can be used for procurements above the relevant contract value threshold.

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NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk (the CCGs) have been reviewing the Neurodevelopmental Journey for Children, Young People and their families. We have recognised that the journey as it is, is too complex and not meeting the needs of children, young people and families in terms of information, advice and support. This has highlighted the need for a pre, during and post assessment model of support for children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g. ASD/ADHD, behaviours that challenge), complementing services which already exist.

The CCGs are looking to commission a provision which is needs led, patient centred, innovative, trusted and responsive to the needs of the Suffolk population. We would anticipate that this approach will support, but not be limited to, children, young people, parents / carers and professionals by providing awareness of all options and support available to manage any issues that may have developed. The service will contribute towards the overall Neurological Development Journey for Children and Young People and their parents/carers.

The Service Provider(s) will be expected to work within the Thrive Conceptual Model working across any of the 3 areas of prevention, support and intervention. Components of this may include:
•Improving the outcomes and life chances for children and families including their mental wellbeing
•Developing the social functioning of children and young people
•Delivering a range of group-based work and interventions to support the management of neurodevelopmental conditions, particularly in the home environment
•Evidence that family's awareness and coping strategies of Neurological Development has improved
•Providing opportunities for service user involvement in the design, development and review of the service
•Assisting professionals, increasing knowledge skills and confidence of the Local Offer

The service provider will need to provide evidence of co-production with children, young people and families and the impact on proposed outcomes this made and to ensure ongoing service feedback and how they will use this to improve their services.

The CCGs intend to award contracts without further publication and therefore providers are required to express their interest in writing through the documented requirements outlined through the link in this notice.
The services to which this procurement relates fall within Schedule 3 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (the 'Regulations'). The contracting authority does not intend to hold itself bound by any of the regulations, save those applicable to Schedule 3 services.

More information


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The expression of interest documentation for completion consists of a brief questionnaire to understand the organisation's eligibility to contract with the CCGs, and further questions to gather details of the proposal. The details of the proposal will be reviewed by the CCGs to develop a map of offers across the pathway to identify any gaps. Organisations who are eligible to contract with the CCG will be approached to submit a full application / tender which will be evaluated, moderated and ranked through a cost / quality (adjusted for scale) ratio which generates a cost per quality point which will be ranked to assign the available funding.

It is anticipated the CCGs will receive a number of varied proposals and it encourages any interested organisation from any sector to submit proposals for consideration. There is no minimum or maximum budget for the expressions of interest , but there will be an annual total of up to £700,000, which is anticipated to enable multiple proposals to be commissioned.

Each commissioned service will be funded for two years initially and will be subject to a review at the end of the first year to ensure the service is meeting the identified needs. Services which are successfully delivering against the need will be extended up to another two years.

Please note the services and associated specification and prices commissioned within this contract(s) may be subject to review and change, moving forward the Commissioners may further review its neurodevelopmental services related to this notice in conjunction with the selected providers; therefore, the scope of the possible changes to be made to this contract shall relate to the outcomes of any continuous improvement, through a variation to the contract in accordance with Regulation 72 (1) (a) of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Please see the procurement documentation for further information.
Additionally, the contract may also be amended in terms of the original services supplied, where, following assessment it is identified that it is logical for additional services to be delivered in conjunction with this contract and by the provider, both in terms of actual service delivery and to avoid duplication of costs.

About the buyer

Contact name

Jane Garnett


Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road


01473 770195